circle_9451The Connecticut After School Network provides professional development training and technical assistance opportunities for people working in after school programs. To schedule a workshop or consultation, please download and email the Training Service Workshop Reservation Form to Monica Whalen.

Click on any of the following categories to view multiple workshop descriptions and consultation options that can be conducted right at your site! Additional topics can be developed to meet the individual needs of your program.

Behavior Management

Bullying Prevention

(1.5 hours) Bullying is becoming a national concern. How can we prevent this destructive behavior and protect our children? Based on Christopher Thurber’s model, this interactive workshop will explain the vicious social cycle that reinforces the bullying behavior and shows staff ways to recognize and break the cycle.

Diverse Families: How Knowing Where a Child Comes From Can Take Them Anywhere

(1.5 hours) During this workshop participants will gain an understanding of the connections between a child’s home life, understanding each child as an individual, and behavior management. By working through scenarios, hands-on activities, and acquisition of knowledge regarding child development, participants will learn that in order to encourage positive child behavior you must know the child personally and in turn in order to know a child personally you need to understand their social and emotional development.

Much of a child’s social and emotional development begins in their home and then grows into their school. After School has the unique opportunity to be separated from academic standards. Being free from the curriculum guidelines, standardized testing, and the ability to look for multiple funding benefactors they are unique from traditional education. ASPs have the ability to help fill in the gaps, encourage academic success to students of all demographics through reaching the whole learner.

Making Positive Discipline a Reality Even with the Most Challenging Children

(2 hours) This workshop will provide participants with a chance to discuss what positive discipline sounds like and feels like in a school age program. How to recognize and address specific behavior issues and what skills are needed to deal with the most challenging behaviors.

Positive Child Guidance/Behavior Management Techniques

(1.5 or 2 hours) Participants will learn different techniques to help manage the behavior of children in the after school program. Participants will discuss how to set expectations for children, how to help them buy into the expectations, and follow them. The “How is Your Day” color coded system is a great tool to help young people understand the rules and take responsibility for their action, allowing all staff to be on the same page when it comes to discipline and expectations of children.

Positive Discipline

(1.5 hours) Positive discipline is easier said than done! This workshop will review the philosophy of positive discipline, discuss techniques on how to make the process of discipline work in school age programs.

Positive Discipline

(1.5 hours or 5 weeks of 1 hour each) Based on the work of Jane Nelson, this course works with educators and/or parents to help approach discipline with a fresh perspective. Discipline, as opposed to punishment, is built on the premise of mutual respect and communication. The course covers age appropriate discipline from toddlers to teens. Using specific examples and time for participant’s questions, the course is interactive.

How to Talk so Kids Listen and Listen so Kids Talk

(1.5 hours) Based on the classic work by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish this workshop teaches adults how to communicate with kids of all ages. Teaching us to talk less and more effectively and listen better, this workshop promises to make real changes in all of your relationships. Participants will learn specific techniques as well as the philosophy behind this empowering approach to communication.

Seven Steps to Guiding Children’s Behavior Without Losing Your Mind (1.5 hours)

This workshop is an introduction to concepts helpful in planning strategies to guide, cope and understand children’s behavior.

Talking About Violence with Children

(1.5 hours) This workshop will help adults, staff and parents feel more comfortable listening to children’s fears and answering their questions and concerns about violence and hate. Different ways to share feelings without generating fear will be discussed. Strategies will be given to engage children in discussion during tense situations. Participants will be able to recognize opportunities to communicate positive values and traditions.

  • Communicating Values
  • Nurturing Reassurance & Resilience
  • Development of Citizenship & Community
  • Teaching Personal Responsibility

Children's Issues (from ADHD to Homework)

Blended Learning in After School Style

(1.5 hours) This workshop shows staff how to present academic content in an after school style. Participants will learn what blended learning is and how to plan for it. They will be able to develop sample blended learning activities and how to communicate and connect with day school instruction.

Child Abuse Prevention & Reporting

(1.5 hours) Participants will be able to: Understand what being a “Mandated Reporter” means. Understand what child abuse is and explain different types of child abuse. Recognize general indicators and behaviors that may suggest child abuse or neglect. Identify physical and behavioral signs of child abuse in both children and the parents/legal guardians. Know what to do to prevent child abuse in the child care setting. Know the procedures to follow when abuse is suspected and how to report suspected abuse.

Children of Divorce

(1.5 hours) Approximately one million children become children of divorce every year. Increasingly, child care providers face the challenge of dealing with children and families who have been divorced or are in the process of divorcing and separating. Participants will have the opportunity to share their stories, discuss the effects of divorce on children and families and get some concrete ideas and suggestions for dealing with these sensitive issues.

Helping Children Cope with Stress

(1.5 hours) This workshop shares a developmental approach to understanding how children experience and cope with the stress of both daily life and catastrophic events.

Homework in After School Programs: Why? Who? When? How?

(1.5 hours) Increasingly, after school programs are being looked at as places where children can get the extra boost they need to succeed academically. This workshop explores why homework matters, who it matters to and whose job it is and when and how to provide homework assistance, as well as offer some guidelines for developing a homework policy that program staff, children and families can live with.

Games and Movement

Active Games

(1.5 hours) Have fun learning new active games for the gym and small spaces.

Cooperative Games

(1.5 hours) Workshop will teach a variety of games that emphasize cooperation and teamwork.

Fun for All: Modifying Games for Inclusion

Participants learn new games and see how they can be modified so that children with varying abilities can be included. The workshop also examines your favorite games and tries to see what changes can be made to accommodate a range of disabilities.

Fun with Fitness: Games and Activities That Target Physical Fitness

Participants take part in games and activities designed for elementary aged children that focus on the basic components of physical fitness (strength, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance). While the activities target fitness, the focus is on having fun. Come ready to play!

Games Galore

(1.5 hours) This workshop will offer games of all kinds! Participants will learn new age games ranging from circle games, cooperative games, sports oriented activities and much more.

Games for YOU!: Using Your Equipment Creatively and to its Full Potential

This is a personalized workshop. Submit an advanced copy of a list of your equipment and available facilities and the instructor will find and/or create games for your group utilizing what you already have.

Indoor and Outdoor Games

(1.5 hours) Workshop will teach a variety of games that can be played indoors or outdoors.

“My Many Colored Days”

Special Themed Field Days for Vacation or Summer Programs (with a nod to the great Dr. Seuss). A full day of fun that centers on a particular theme, designed for large groups and multi-age participants. Although participants are divided into different colored teams to compete, all activities are designed to be cooperative, inclusive and most important — fun! The event is set up to achieve the main goal of teaching children what it means to be a good sport. Possible themes include, “Red, White and Blue” (activities having to do with our 50 states), “On the Job” (activities having to do with different occupations), “It’s a Jungle Out There” (activities having to do with different animals). If your program already has a particular theme, given some time, a special day could be created for your theme.

Refocusing During Down Time

(1.5 hours) In this workshop the participants will take part in demonstrations and group activities that will aid in down time and transitional periods, when children tend to be restless and disruptive.

Ropeless Ropes

(1.5 hours) Provides after school or camp staff with tools needed to provide adventure based learning experiences to their participants without the need of an actual “ropes” course. Learn how to use props made from everyday objects to facilitate team building, communication, creativity and FUN. All activities are adaptable for any group regardless of size, space or special needs.

Small Space/Big Fun

(1.5 hours) An exciting range of games and activities you can facilitate using few materials and a small space.

Quickies and Fillers

(1.5 hours) Do you ever have down time? Of course you do! This hands-on workshop teaches activities that you can do in a pinch with all age groups with little or no props. Perfect for times when you are waiting for the gym to become available or until the last few parents show up!

Using Cooperative Team Building Challenges to Teach Social Skills

Participants take part in small group challenges that are designed to build teamwork, problem solving, communication and social skills. Appropriate for upper elementary and middle school aged children. Explore a variety of different challenges and examine how to use activities as an opportunity to give children direct instruction in how to work as a member of a group.

Art Strategies for Literacy and Learning

(1.5 hours) The Arts provide excellent learning strategies and processes to build literacy and learning capacity through creative problem solving and critical thinking. Learn strategies that will have children motivated and engaged in creating literacy-rich projects.

Academic Support — Literacy

(1.5 hours) This workshop examines how teachers can connect needed academic objectives to after school programming. Participants will learn how to provide differentiated instruction to specific groups of students and how to include vocabulary, oral language and comprehension lessons in after school time. They will also learn how to develop appropriate classroom centers while teaching guided reading lessons.

Fun with Words

(1.5 hours) Participants will explore activities that strengthen language and vocabulary skills while getting children active and appealing to kinesthetic learners (85% of elementary age children). These games can appeal to a range of ages and abilities because the challenge can be adjusted depending on the level of difficulty of the vocabulary chosen.

Harry Potter Book Party

(1.5 hours) Join us for a Harry Potter book party and celebrate great literature. Show off your knowledge of the wizarding world as we conjure connections, duel, play charades and more. While we will be focusing on all things Potter, these games and activities can be used to celebrate any books.

Once Upon a Game: Connecting Literature with Gym Games

(1.5 hours) By connecting games to a story, we can make the play experience richer for our young students. As students make connections to the story, they will be able to better understand the rules and roles of the game. In addition, we are making cross-curricular literacy connections that are helping students to access literature in an exciting way. Participants will come away with several ready-to-use lessons for their K–2 students.

Mindful Yoga Breaks for Staff

Healthy, happy staff = healthy happy kids.  This workshop will help staff to bring focus, self-regulation and fun to their programs while fostering social emotional learning.  You will learn tools such as breathing exercises, mindfulness, yoga poses, yoga & mindfulness games & relaxation to alleviate stress, as well as to calm disruptive energy and anxiety.  You will leave with dozens of ideas to add to your teaching tool box that can be used in 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes or 15 minute breaks throughout your day.  A manual is provided with descriptions of everything you learn as well as sample lesson plans.

Partner Poses & Yoga Games to Build Cooperation & Trust

Partner work builds trust & promotes healthy and use of safe touch. Kids LOVE to do partner poses and play yoga games. This workshop will teach you how to naturally build communication and cooperation while also having a great time.

Partnering Literacy With Yoga in Your Classroom

Yoga and literacy go hand in hand! Learn how to pair yoga poses with your favorite stories, poetry books & nonfiction books. Want to make your own? Creating a kids yoga book is as easy as simply having a camera, a printer and some imagination.

Using Props & Creative Storytelling With Yoga in Your Classroom

Learn to get creative with your asanas (yoga poses) by telling stories & using props with any theme you may be studying. Think outside the box and create fun journeys that that get kids moving while also teaching them about the moon, the ocean, Africa, or even the rainforest in Brazil!

Math Enrichment

Common Core Math for Grades K to 5

It’s no secret that math is different than how we were taught; the language of “carrying the one” when adding and timed math fact tests are no more. As an OST professional how can you teach and support 21st century math with no knowledge of the new process? With this workshop stress no more! Feel confident and enjoy supporting your kids during after school homework time by learning the ins and outs of Common Core math. Actively learn how
elementary aged students utilize math manipulatives during the school day and get comfortable with the new math process they’re taught. Take home a number of math tools that will support and strengthen

Fun with Math: Games And Activities That Also Strengthen Math Skills

Participants take part in active games that can be played by elementary aged children in a gym or outdoor environment. The workshop also examines a variety of craft projects that provide children with hands-on opportunities to utilize and enhance math skills.

Making Math Fun! – For Grades K to 5

Learn how to get your kids excited about math (and you!) at your after school center! Improve student performance and make your homework time stress free. Cut down on homework time prep and use games instead of worksheets. Individuals participating in this workshop will take home a number of free/low cost math learning center games to use in your OST career.

Math and the Common Core

(2 hours) By the time we reach adulthood many audits believe that math is hard, boring and even worthless. Discover how fun, easy and useful math can be! Learn about engaging ways to incorporate math into your program and align to the new common core.  Explore the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and identify pathways to aligning enjoyable math activities to these standards.  Play fun movement based games that teach core math principles, and learn to elevate math learning while playing basketball, cooking and dancing…even playing games on tablet.  Empower children as they discover they can be good at math, and empower yourself as you make math fun for everyone!

Multicultural Math – For Grades K to 5

Make writing your STEM and homework OST curriculum enjoyable and easy with multiculturalmath  games. Expose students to 21st century math skills – problem solving, collaboration, and more without them even knowing! Learn and play games from Asia, Africa, and South America that students will love and share with their peers for years to come. With these games you will learn ways to support counting skills, encourage critical thinking, and promote positive peer conversation with ease. Individuals participating in this workshop will leave with several
multicultural math games to use with students.

Teaching Kids the Financial Facts of Life

(1.5 hours) Young people need to learn about money now so that they will be better prepared to make financial decisions in the future. This workshop will focus on key financial concepts youth should know and a variety of ways to help them learn and begin to apply this information will be shared. A resource list for after school providers and parents will be included.

Tying Literacy to Math – For Grades K to 2 or 3 to 5

Love to read but despise math? Make STEM and homework time easier by incorporating storybooks into your schedule! During this workshop you’ll discover a list of age-appropriate books that are fabulous to address Common Core math concepts and that are enjoyable for staff and students to read. Without students even knowing, help them get more comfortable with the math they’re taught during the school day. Experience a variety of math activities that
can be paired with a number of storybooks. Increase student’s fact fluency, strengthen geometry concepts, and aid in improving measurement skills with this workshop. You’ll never support math the same way; you’ll actually like it!

Nutrition

Adventures in Nutrition

(1.5 hours) Participants explore a number of fun and exciting ways to delve into the topic of healthy food. They will play “Junk Food Junkies vs Health Food Nuts”, “The Food Pyramid Game” and “Healthy, Healthier, Healthiest”, as well as have their own “Iron Chef” competition. This is an active workshop — come ready to play and bring new ideas home to your program.

Catch Nutrition

(1.5 hours) This workshop will offer many fun activities related to children’s health and nutrition. Participants will learn fun hands on games that will help teach children the importance of healthy choices.

Program Management & Supervision

Active Monitoring

(1.5 hours) Participants will be given the opportunity to learn new and creative ways to monitor after school activities. They will be shown a variety of techniques to help keep students engaged and safe.

After School 101

(1.5 hours) This workshop is geared to after school staff who work directly with students. This workshop helps first-year employees learn about the broader aspects of after school programming. Topics will include — Day to Day Operations; Mandated Reporting; Room Management; Staff to Student Dynamics; Bag of Tricks — important for idle time!; and how to successfully end an activity.

After School Programming for Middle and High School Youth

(1.5 hours) Participants will discuss the benefits of after school programming for their middle and high school youth. Content areas will include: programming ideas that enhance academic performance, creating leadership opportunities, providing enrichment and promoting health and wellness.

Best Practices

(2 hours) The session describes the development, structure and use of the newly completed Connecticut After School Network’s Best Practice Guidelines. Activities include strategies for creating and implementing a quality improvement plan.

Building Positive Relationships with Parents

(1.5 hours) Examines our attitudes and opinions and how they enhance or hinder efforts to develop positive relationships. Presents strategies for good communication and explores opportunities for making connections with parents.

Challenges for Out of School Time Providers

(1.5 hours) Participants will discuss the organizational challenges that impact the quality outcomes for out of school time providers. Learn how leadership, a mission-driven/results-oriented approach, benchmarking, an effective workforce, internal and external networks and policy and advocacy can lead to program sustainability.

Choosing the Right People

(1.5 hours) Hiring and recruiting staff to help develop a high quality after school program can be an exciting adventure. The key is being able to unlock the passion not only during the interview, but with seasoned staff as well. There are gems within your staff waiting to be mined. This workshop will put you on the path to proven techniques for choosing the right people almost every time. Presented at the 2010 National After School Association Convention to over 100 people, there is something for everyone in this workshop.

Communication Skills

(1.5 hours) Ongoing and effective communication is essential for building and maintaining good relationships between program partners and staff, between program staff and parents and between program staff and children. This workshop explores roadblocks to communication and provides guidelines for effective communication.

Connecticut Child Care Course (DPH approved course for child care providers)

This course includes first aid, communicable disease information, child abuse and neglect, safety and choking management and planning for emergencies. Adult infant and child CPR can be added upon request. Topics may be showcased as individual workshops upon request.

Creating a Learning Environment in After School

(1.5 hours) Looking for a way to transform some of the program offerings you currently use? Learn how to use the power of hands–on activities after school to bring out the different learning styles in the children and youth you work with while creating linkages to the learning day. Activity choice, common core standards, staff culture and climate, and partnerships will be discussed in this engaging workshop for directors, site coordinators, and front line staff.

Diversity Awareness

(1.5 hours) This workshop will help you understand the role your identity plays in how you view the rest of the world. It will help you identify blocks that can hinder your viewing another person as an equal human being. You will learn to communicate with diverse populations and to engage others in diversity related issues.

Engaging Community Partners

(1.5 hours) Participants will learn about the many opportunities available to their students and programs through community engagement. This workshop shares strategies for and examples of building key relationships with community and corporate partners.

Grant writing

(1.5 hours) This workshop identifies the main components of grants. Participants learn what to include in writing after school grants. Information includes writing of goals, objectives and activities that correspond to grant request proposals. Participants will learn how to write a good abstract and how to develop budgets and write a budget narrative.

Is Your Child Care Program Ready?

(1.5 hours) Did you know that many early childhood and before and after school programs do not have a plan ready in the event of disasters, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, chemical spills and criminal or terrorist attacks? Developed by the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRA), “Is Your Child Care Program Ready?” is a training that will examine disaster preparedness plans for both early childhood and school age care programs.

Leadership, Empowerment, and Expanded Learning

(2 hours) Developing enticing programming is the first step in keeping children engaged in your program. One essential key to this is fostering staff leadership and empowering them to create expanded learning opportunities that allow them to bring their passion and interests to life in the program setting. Learn techniques for igniting your staff and providing tools to help them lead programs and be a vital part of your team.

Logic Models for Grant Proposals

(4 hours) Learn how to prepare a logic model to use in grant proposals. This hands-on workshop will take you through the steps necessary to craft the components of a well-defined logic model. Participants mush have prior grant proposal writing experience and come to the workshop with information about a program or project in need of funding.

Making A Cafeteria Work

(1.5 hours) Many school age programs share space in public school buildings and often that space is the cafeteria. This workshop will explore ways to make the cafeteria a warm and inviting environment, what supplies and equipment should be standards in an after school program and how to move tables and use furniture on wheels to make comfortable and diverse program areas available.

Making the Case for Support

(4 hours) Development writing needs to be persuasive without being overly blatant. Discover writing techniques to make your case for support in grant proposals, fundraising letters, capital campaign brochures and other materials used to solicit donations. In this hands-on workshop, participants will prepare an introduction about their organization. Participants should bring the history of their organization including goals and mission, significant accomplishments and impact, descriptions of clientele and services, funding sources, letters of support, testimonies, publications and other evidence of success.

Motivating and Retaining Staff

(1.5 hours) This workshop provides strategies to revitalize and re-energize staff. Learn to successfully lead your staff and keep them motivated throughout the year. Workshop shows how positive reinforcement, rewards, clear expectations and role modeling can help with staff retention.

Professionalism and Professional Ethics in School-Age Care

(1.5 hours) School-age care providers often struggle with their roles as professionals; however, they are part of an important profession where their role includes supporting families and guiding the growth and learning of children during out-of-school hours. Participants will identify the general qualities and characteristics associated with being a “professional” and how it relates to their role in school-age care and what it means to maintain a commitment to professionalism. Participants will also discuss, in depth, the importance of applying professional ethics at all times, including issues of confidentiality and understanding the dangers and damage that gossip can cause in the child care setting.

Project-Based Learning 101

(1.5 hours) Similar to a schoolteacher’s technique of curricular compacting, project-based learning and its activities are student-focused, student-driven that compliment all student profiles and learning styles. In Project-Based Learning 101, a PBL facilitator will learn the fundamentals of project-based learning and its place in after-school, out-of-school programming. Attendees will walk away with the essential PBL methodology and group-sample activities ready for implementation at his/her respective after-school, out-of-school program.

Project-Based Learning 201

(1.5 hours) Similar to a schoolteacher’s technique of curricular compacting, project-based learning and its activities are student-focused, student-driven that compliment all student profiles and learning styles. In Project-Based Learning 201, a PBL facilitator will learn techniques and tips on advanced methodology, group-sample, and 1:1 sample activities ready for implementation at his/her respective after-school, out-of-school program.

Project-Based Learning 301

(1.5 hours) Similar to a schoolteacher’s technique of curricular compacting, project-based learning and its activities are student-focused, student-driven that compliment all student profiles and learning styles. In Project-Based Learning 301, a PBL facilitator will learn how to combine the PBL advanced methodology, group-sample activities, 1:1 sample activities with long-term, real-world project topic samples. Attendees must complete PBL 201 in order to attend PBL 301.

Project-Based Learning for Summer Camps

(1.5 hours) In Project-Based Learning for Summer Camps, camp leaders and staff will learn the essentials of project-based learning and its relevance in summer camp. Facilitators will explore various group-sample activities and themes that also compliment any field trip component ready for implementation at their respective summer camps program.

Project-Based Learning: Developing Meaningful Activities that Engage Youth

(3 hours) After School programs have a unique opportunity to bridge learning that involves real world aspects children in programs experience everyday.  Through strategy such as project-based learning, programs can engage youth, help develop 21st Century skills, and make a difference locally in communities.  In this workshop, we will explore what project-based learning is, how to facilitate it in your program, and use student interest and choice to drive programming.

Safety in After School

(2 hours) Child care providers are responsible for providing a safe environment and ensuring the well-being and protection of the children in their care. This workshop examines how safety policies for modifying the environment, modifying behavior, monitoring children and teaching injury preventive behaviors to children will help the provider offer more safety protection and prevention in every child care situation. This includes indoor and outdoor safety and having an emergency policy and a clear outline of procedures to follow when a child needs immediate medical attention.

Staff Supervision

(1.5 hours) Effective supervision of staff involves the ability to set clear expectations, to monitor staff performance and to provide constructive feedback in order to help staff meet programmatic expectations. All of which is integral to maintaining the quality and effectiveness of programming for the children and families in your care. However, being the “supervisor” is not always comfortable for some people, especially when it involves dealing with staff with whom you have become friends and/or staff who are not meeting expectations. This workshop will examine the challenges and the rewards of effectively supervising staff.

State of CT Department of Public Health Day Care Licensing Regulations

(1.5 or 2 hours) Participants will get an overview of how to interpret Day Care Licensing Regulations for a School Age program. Participants will learn the rules and regulations, and different techniques for implementing them, as well as discuss different ideas on how to be accountable to DPH and ensure that the program is meeting all the regulations at all times.

Supervision and Leadership

(1.5 hours) An overview of a year’s process of coaching staff through a system of self-evaluation, encouraging staff to set their individual goals and measure their own success in achieving their goals. The workshop also teaches staff to write portfolios that reflect their individual growth.

Team Building

(1.5 hours) This workshop looks at the importance of building a strong team in an after school program. Teams are strengthened through activities that promote open communication between team members, loyalty, trust, reliability, creative thinking, decision making, setting aside egos, extending and seeking help. Participants learn games and activities that promote team building for the staff and the children in an after school program through interactive, exciting easy to lead activities.

Team Building Activities

(1.5 hours) If you are looking to build leadership skills, promote teamwork have fun or just transition your students to a new activity, having a variety of team building games at your disposal is a useful tool. Through experiential participation, this workshop demonstrates how games are played, how to adapt them for unique program needs and how to build life skills for students

Team Building for Staff

(1.5 hours) This session is designed as a fun activity for staff in order to build a sense of community and team spirit for staff persons. Games played during the sessions can certainly be applied to children, but the purpose of this session is focused on building a sense of team within a staff group. Most games will contain low to moderate levels of activity and will include an overall reflection on what was learned from the experience and how it may be applied to the work setting.

The Emerging Leader or “You’re in charge. Now what?”

(1.5 hours) Balancing the responsibilities of a SAC Director can be challenging. This workshop explores strategies on how to grow as a professional while working effectively with staff, children, parents, boards, the school and community partners. Participants will learn how to prioritize, get organized and how to access a multitude of resources.

Understanding the NAA Standards

(1.5 hours) This workshop will introduce the NAA quality standards through hands-on group activities. Program staff will become aware of the various standards and will take first steps in identifying where their program is in relation to meeting the individual standards.

Writing for Fundraising

(4 hours) This fast paced, hands-on workshop will help you write simply, clearly and with power so you can always get your point across to your audience. Get acquainted with the basic kinds of writing used by fund raisers including letters in inquiry, proposals, gift acknowledgements, grant proposals and reports, direct mail appeals, brochures and case statements. Bring basic information about your organization such as the history including goals and mission, significant accomplishments and impact, descriptions of clientele and services, funding sources, awards and milestones and a specific writing project in mind.

Writing Tight: Preparing Successful On-Line Grant Applications

(4 or 8 hours) How do you convey your case for support when your need statement and project description can only be 2000 characters in length? Writing tight or to the point and still get the attention of the grant reviewer has never been more crucial. This session provides an outline to use to prepare clear, concise, comprehensive and competitive proposals. The techniques discussed will help you in crafting successful paper and paperless proposal narratives including those to the levels of government as well as foundation and corporations.

Youth Guided Program Planning

(1.5 hours) Participants discuss the benefits of designing youth-guided programming that enhances academic performance, creates leadership opportunities, provides enrichment and promotes positive behavior.

Social Skills

Challenges for Group Problem Solving in Middle School / High School

(1.5 hours) Participants will take part in several group challenges that will develop group problem solving skills. These challenges are appropriate for middle and high school students.

Conflict Resolution

(1.5 hours) Participants will gain a better understanding of conflict and learn communication and problem solving skills. Strategies to turn conflicts into opportunities will be discussed.

Cracking the Code: Listening to Resolve Conflict

This workshop will help participants become confident leaders in conflict resolution techniques.  They will begin developing a greater awareness of the pitfalls of ineffectual listening and realize the importance of using effective listening techniques when future conflicts arise.

40 Developmental Assets

(2 hours) The 40 Developmental Assets is a positive youth development framework. The two-hour training will teach participants what the 40 Developmental Assets are, how they can intentionally be used, and the power to bring positive experiences into children’s lives. The 40 Developmental Assets have been identified as positive experiences and qualities that all of us have the power to bring into the lives of children and youth.

Developmental Assets

(1.5 hours) Overview of what the Developmental Assets are, why they are important and how to purposefully incorporate them into after school programming. Ideas for activities and projects will be shared based on individual assets.

Engaging all Students 101: Strategies to Keep Students Engaged

Here are simple strategies for staff to create and engage students in high-quality project learning activities. Here are ten ideas that you can start practicing today to help you create more moments of flow and connections to your participants.

Enhancing Social Competency Skills

(1.5 hours) After school programs offer a perfect setting for facilitating the ongoing development of social competency skills in children and youth. This workshop will provide after school program staff with ideas for implementing and planning social skill activities that encourage skill development through teachable moments and intentional planning.

Go Green Strategies

(1.5 hours) Global warming, renewable energy and environmental stewardship – these are some of the phrases that children hear every day on the news and in the classroom. But how do you incorporate a green theme into your after school program? Go Green Strategies helps you to learn ways of teaching environmental awareness to the children in your program. Both kids and instructors will learn to think globally and act locally.

Helping Girls Make Themselves Heard

“GIRL CHATS “focuses on creating a safe zone for girls to relax and chat about their personal
experiences with a mentor or a staff member. Through my experiences working with teenage
girls, I have learned that our children's homes may not provide a place of refuge. When
they arrive home a parent may not be home to start a conversation, “Like how your day was?”;
I believe that afterschool educators have a platform to start the conversation and provide girls
with tools to make positive life choices.

Involving Children & Youth in Curriculum Planning

(1.5 hours) This workshop encourages staff to use the ideas of children and youth as a basis for curriculum planning and introduces tools to stimulate the children and youth to express what they want to learn and do.

Making Global Connections in After School

(1.5 hours) Global Literacy implies much more than exposing young people to the cultures in their communities. Global Literacy implies much more than exposing young people to the cultures in their communities. It requires an intentional approach to opening doors and expanding horizons for youth, so as to increase critical knowledge and skills for success. Young people who are globally literate have attained a range of competencies that enable them to connect, collaborate, and compete with peers around the world. Learn about an innovative strategy that is bringing this to the forefront of After School in six states.

Service Learning

(1.5 hours) Connecting service learning to developmental skills and positive values and also the diverse roles youth can take with Community Service. Workshop will examine creative ways young people can bring their talents, abilities and leadership capabilities to their community.

Service Learning

(1.5 hours) This workshop includes an introduction to Service Learning as being different than Community Service. Participants learn how to develop strong goals and objectives linked to the curriculum. They will identify meaningful projects that have challenging tasks for students, as well as how to engage children in projects that list major decisions and choices for students to make. Participants have the opportunity to plan projects and determine how to gain staff and administrative approval.

Social Emotional: Keeping It Simple: Teaching Social-Emotional Skills and Character Development

This workshop will help participants gain an understanding of SEL core competencies which
includes self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, interpersonal skills, self-efficacy,
and growth mindset. Also, participants will learn about the physical, cognitive, and socialemotional
developmental trends that are associated with different age-groups (K-8) and how
these trends relate to day to day programming.

Teaching Social Skills in After School

(3 hours) This workshop is designed to introduce the teaching of social skills to school-age children. For real success, participants should have a basic understanding of child development, learning styles, program purpose and mission, and communication skills (both speaking and listening). All of these areas of knowledge impact the successful implementation of the teaching strategies that will be discussed in this session.

Youth in Action: Expanding Opportunities for Youth to be in Leadership Roles

(1.5 hours) Young people have amazing skills, abilities and passion for issues that affect them in their local communities. Learn about strategies for engaging more young people, creating stronger youth-adult partnerships and finding resources for supporting youth in leadership roles. Youth across the state are already actively involved as advocates, peer tutors, youth council members, philanthropists, facilitators for youth-led workshops and many other roles. Young people are transforming our neighborhood organizations, schools and communities. Help your youth group expand their opportunities to practice their leadership skills as they work to build healthier communities for all of us.

The Arts

A Day in the Pumpkin Patch with Cinderella

(Workshop for staff and children together 1.5 hours) This workshop combines science and fantasy to bring a much loved story to life through creative movement, theater, literary print materials, props, costumes and accessories. The program content can lend itself to a simple performance for parents or as part of a service learning project. The workshop includes master copies of thematic print materials, a resource guide, and an outline of how activities are aligned to Common Core State Standards.

After School Guide to the Arts

(1.5 hours) Builds provider skills and understanding of the arts and a repertoire of activities that are “ready to go.”

Circle Time Academically Linked Arts Enrichment Activities

(Workshop for staff and children together, 1.5 hours) This workshop provides interesting circle time activities to facilitate positive learning outcomes on all domains through the use of props, puppets and the use of language skills. It offers an opportunity to develop creativity, improvisation, communication, critical thinking, and ensemble skills. This is a perfect group of activities for those times you need to calm the students down after a highly energetic activity or to get to know your students better through their sharing thoughts and feelings with the group. The workshop includes master copies of thematic print materials, a resource guide, and an outline of how activities are aligned to Common Core State Standards.

Circus, Circus – Let’s Walk Like the Animals

(Workshop for staff and children together, 1.5 or 3 hours) This program works well with science themes and the world of animals. Children use props and costume accessories and print materials to augment the multi-arts learning experience. Activities can later be used in a performance for parents and friends or as a service learning project. The workshop includes master copies of thematic print materials, a resource guide, and an outline of how activities are aligned to Common Core State Standards.

Creative Movement Toolkit II Let’s Move for Fun and Fitness!!

(Workshop for staff, 2hours) The Workshop Toolkit II includes academically linked creative movement/theater and fitness activities that will motivate your kids to become engaged and to enthusiastically participate. This toolkit includes a list of resources, a take-home detailed syllabus an outline of how the activities are aligned with the Common Core Standards and fun workshop hands-on training activities. Experience in creative movement or theater is not required. This workshop will help to expand or build your academic/arts enrichment program through tried and true fun and exciting physical fitness activities that children enjoy and will ask to do over and over again.

Dragons with Dav Pilkey

(Workshop for staff and children together, 1.5 hours) Literary Choices: A Friend for Dragon, Dragons’s Fat Cat, Dragon’s Halloween, Dragon’s Merry Christmas In this Workshop students use sensory rich program materials to bring a literary work to life. Through the use of creative movement, theater and the use of props and costume accessories children explore the world of dragons. Activities can later be used in a performance for parents and friends or as part of a service learning project. The workshop includes master copies of thematic print materials, a resource guide, and an outline of how activities are aligned to Common Core State Standards.

Interocktive Drumming

(1.5 hours)

Rock & roll, interactive drumming (ID) raises students’ esteem and confidence, fosters teamwork, and sparks joy. This hands-on workshop trains educators and professional providers to lead energetic, ID activities for kids in grades pre-kindergarten to eight. You’ll take away simple and practical methods to:  Guide kids with spoken words to create smooth rhythms and captivating beats; Partner ID with activities such as physical education, dance, movement, sports, and drama.  No prior musical experience is required. Handouts are given, and you’re encouraged to bring an audio recorder. The instruments are provided for the session.

Let’s Move – Fun and Fitness Fiesta

(Workshop for staff and children together, 1.5 hours) This program offers children an opportunity to explore physical fitness through sensory-rich and exciting creative movement activities. Participants enjoy the use of props and accessories that add greater dimension to their performing arts experience. Activities can be later used in performances for parents, friends or as a service learning project. The workshop includes master copies of thematic print materials, a resource guide, and an outline of how activities are aligned to Common Core State Standards.

Listen, Learn, and Laugh

(Workshop for staff and children together, 1.5 hours) This workshop helps to facilitate better listening skills through fun and exciting creative movement and theater game activities. The program activities are specifically designed to use dance, theater and creative movement to help children hone their listening skills in order to enhance cognition, memorization skills and improve attention. The workshop provides a resource guide for program materials as well as a summary of findings from a neuroscience study on how the performing arts help improve cognition in children. The workshop includes master copies of thematic print materials, a resource guide, and an outline of how activities are aligned to Common Core State Standards.

Music Improvisation

(2 or 3 hours) The 2-hour workshop includes progressive activities that enable participants to develop and experience their musical self-expression in a gentle and fulfilling manner. The 3-hour workshop has more time for observations, questions and ideas to be discussed as the workshop unfolds and includes more instruction on how to present the activities to children and youth. No prior musical experience is necessary to participate in either workshop.

My Space, Your Space, No Space for Bullies

(Workshop for staff and children together, 1.5 hours) This workshop was developed specifically as a powerful tool through creative movement and theater to help children respect their own personal space and that of others. Students glean a better understanding of their boundaries and those of others through role play and fun creative movement activities. The workshop includes master copies of thematic print materials, a resource guide, and an outline of how activities are aligned to Common Core State Standards.

Performing Arts Enrichment Toolkit I or II

(Workshop for staff and children together, 6.0 Hours, 4 days, can be consecutive or over a 2–4 week period) Are you ready for an intentional academic performing arts enrichment program at your facility? Toolkit I and II offer complete Programs that can be used and expanded upon for many years to come. Toolkit I and Toolkit II will provide you with all you need to meet specific learning outcomes for children on all domains and provide you with templates for easy-to-use program evaluation and assessment tools. Both programs are built on the same format but offer a different set of creative movement, dance and theater activities.

Complete 7-step Arts Enrichment Program with detailed syllabus that includes:

  • 7-Block Method: Opening Activities/Theater
  • Activities/Listening Skills Activity with Props/Creative Movement
  • Activities/Travel/Large Motor Activities/Partner
  • Activities/Closing Activities
  • Resource Guide
  • In-session Support Staff Training
  • Outline of how Activities are aligned with Common Core State Standards
  • Pre-program collaboration online/phone or in-person meeting) to define goals and set objectives and learning outcomes
  • Simple yet effective Evaluation and Assessment tools
  • Post-program report and assessment

(The Toolkit Programs requires an additional $5 per participant for training aid fees)

Perform for Fun and Service Learning

(Workshop for staff and children together, 1.5–2.0 hours) Simple yet visually exciting performance pieces to be used in-house or in the community as a Service Learning project. This workshop offers 6 performance pieces that can be performed separately or in a production format. Students use streamers, rhythm sticks, hoops, maracas and accessories and learn simple yet fun and exciting creative movement pieces that can be used in a variety of settings and in an on-going way for a variety of purposes.

Social Skills Development through Partnering Arts Enrichment Activities

(Workshop for staff and children together, 1.5 hours) This workshop offers students the opportunity to work one-on-one with another student. Through exciting and fun-filled partner creative movement, dance and theater activities, students work together cooperatively in a way that often leads to better social skills and a better sense of community. Activities include games such as Mirror Moves, rhythm stick and scarf activities and partner dances. Master copies of thematic print materials, a resource guide, and an outline of how activities are aligned to Common Core State Standards are offered as part of the Program.

Theatre and Creative Movement Activities Toolkit I

(Workshop for staff, 2 Hours) This Toolkit of tried and true theater and creative movement activities is easy to use. Students of all ages love to do activities over and over adapting them differently each time through the use of their imagination. Activities provide a vehicle for creative expression while effecting positive learning outcomes on all domains. This hands-on, informal workshop will give you all the tools you need to get started immediately. The 6-step format provides a template to help you establish a versatile performing arts curriculum that will enrich and energize you and your students. Workshop participants will receive a syllabus, samples of training aids, an outline of how the activities are aligned with the Common Core Standards and a resource guide. No previous experience in theater or dance is necessary. It is as easy as taking a bow.

Theater Games

(Workshop for staff and children together, 1.5 hours) There are so many theater games to choose from, but which ones really work and which ones do the kids ask for over and over again? This workshop offers the best of the best tried and true theater games that can be used in an on-going way to enhance your program. Support materials are offered so that these fun and exciting Theater activities can be referenced and used in an ongoing way for many years to come. The workshop includes master copies of thematic print materials, a resource guide, and an outline of how activities are aligned to Common Core State Standards.

Under the Sea with Dr. Seuss

(Workshop for staff and children together, 1.5 hours) Based on Dr. Seuss One Fish, Two Fish…Students use sensory rich program materials to bring this literary work to life. Through creative movement, theater activities and the use of props and costume accessories children explore the world under the sea. Activities can later be used in a performance for parents and friends or as part of a service learning project. The workshop includes master copies of thematic print materials, a resource guide, and an outline of how activities are aligned to Common Core State Standards.

Under the Sea with Little Mermaid

(Workshop for staff and children together, 1.5–2 hours) This Workshop is full of theater, science, and self-expression learning opportunities. The workshop includes creative movement, theater, and the use of sensory rich props, sets, costumes and accessories. Activities can later be used in a performance for parents and friends or as a service learning project. The workshop includes master copies of thematic print materials, a resource guide, and an outline of how activities are aligned to Common Core State Standards.